Portland Pearl Rotary Club
Committees

Current Officers

Executive Committee
CONTACT

PRESIDENT

Paul Thompson

IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT

Adina Flynn

PRESIDENT ELECT

Perry Swanson

SECRETARY

Janet Yong

TREASURER

Jeff Pratt

Sergeant-At-Arms

Larry Berman

International Service

Jordan Weisman, Director

THINKING BIG

  • Enhancing education in Ghana by helping provide clean power & water, furniture, lighting, and a computer lab.
  • Building sustainability for a Haitian farm that provides well-paying jobs for the local community.
  • Provide 150 families in Nicaragua with access to improved sanitation for the first time.
  • Installing solar energy panels at a rural hostipal in Nepal

Club Service

Diane Brandsma, Director

BUILDING A VIBRANT CLUB

  • Having fun every First Wednesday at a local restaurant or bar.
  • Rotary Cares – emotional support for members with significant life events.
  • Community social events, such as watching the Vaux’s swifts funnel into the Chapman Elementary school evenings in September.
  • Yearly Pearl Party
  • Member sign-up parties: Christmas Ships, BBQ's, Hikes, Movies, Bruches, and oh so much more! :)

Community Service

Michael Steen, Director

ENGAGING WITH OUR COMMUNITY

  • Annual Street Roots Vendor Appreciation Dinner
  • Supporting Growing Gardens, a local non-profit in seasonal "dig-ins" for growing food schools, backyards and correctional facilities to cultivate healthy communities.
  • Weekly volunteering through Meals-on-Wheels in Downtown and NW Portland.
  • Monthly dinners at Doreen's Place in Bud Clark Commons.
  • New Avenues for Youth Winter Clothing Drive & Free Ice-Cream Day
  • Club's strategic focus on houselessness and youth

Vocational Service

Yelena Girich, Director

Building and Connecting Business Leaders

  • Network with Portland business and community leaders.
  • Develop leadership skills through active service in the community.
  • Participate in Helping Hands, Pearl Rotary business and community executives will work through a business issue or next steps for your business.
  • Business spotlight to the club, where you can share your business or marketable skill with the club.

Membership

Sara Shah & Perry Sanson, Co-Chairs

A DIVERSE MEMBERSHIP

Providing support for all potential and new members, ensuring a smooth and rewarding entry into the Rotarian family.

Social Justice

Jonelle Anderson, Co-Chair
Nancy Fowler, Co-Chair

DIVERSITY, EQUITY, & INCLUSION

We promote social justice, wherever possible, within our community and the world such that our actions result in a positive impact on people, government, and institutions. See the Social Justice Committee page.

LEARN MORE

Youth Service

Darcy Rose, Director

Building Future Leaders and Growing Rotary 

Portland Pearl Rotary supports the fostering of dynamic young leaders:

  • Lincoln High School Interact Club - Rotary for high school students.
  • Portland Rotaract Club - Rotary for Young Professionals ages 18-30.
  • Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) - The purpose of RYLA is to recognize young leaders and provide them with an opportunity to expand their perceptions and ideals.

Communications

Tara Mussulman, Chair

INFORMED, ACTIVE & CONNECTED

Through our award-winning newsletter, an active social media presence, and vibrant club communications, we reach far and wide to educate, inform, and entertain a wide audience. 

Youth Exchange

Dawn Schneider, Chair

INFORMED, ACTIVE & CONNECTED

Each year, we send two local high-school students to study for a year abroad, and in exchange adopt two from other countries. This year:

  • Addie Ferriday is in Denmark
  • Jules Smith is in the Czech Republic

Committee List

YOUTH SERVICE

Darcy Rose

INTERNATIONAL SERVICE

Jordan Weisman

VOCATIONAL SERVICE

Yelena Girich

CLUB SERVICE

Diane Brandsma

COMMUNITY SERVICE

Michael Steen

MEMBERSHIP

Sara Shah

FUNDRAISING

Lori Beight & Pat Mahoney

SOCIAL JUSTICE

Jonelle Anderson &
Nancy Fowler

COMMUNICATIONS

Tara Mussulman

THE ROTARY FOUNDATION

Phil Rothrock

THE PEARL FUND

Chris Krenk

ADDITIONAL LEADERSHIP

Dawn Schneider, Youth Exchange
Jerry Baysinger, Song Leader
Larry Berman, Sergeant @ Arms
Tracy Vicario, Peace Committee
Portland Pearl Rotary Club - One of Portland, Oregon's Fastest Growing Clubs